Eddie Vedder’s Ukulele Songs elicited a modicum of push-back after its initial 2011 release.
As expounded below:
Hipsters believed hipsters were taking the humble ukulele too mainstream.
This declaration led to a denunciation by hipster-hating-hipsters of pro-establishment-hipsters as a scourge on the earth and a simultaneous & cantankerous selloff of Keim-style DaSilva Mahogany Custom Concert Ukes on Craigslist for upwards of $2,275.00.
Not to be outdone, the gorgeous specimen ukes were quickly purchased by up-and-coming-neo-hipsters in effect declaring the dead trend officially resurrected.
Of course, during the fire-sale, remorseful and cash-flush proto-hipsters noticed the exquisite, hand-painted, Felix the Cat Banjo-Uke and determined that a one-of-a-kind, vintage, “Banjo-Ukulele” is completely singular and therefore impervious to the ebb of elitist musical trends, swiftly purchasing the instrument for $5,695.00 and hanging it abreast of their 1903 Anthony & Scovill Lunchbox Camera.
I think the album is pretty good.
My favorite track on Ukulele Songs is The Jerk inspired Tonight You Belong To Me duet with Cat Power: It is beautiful and charming.
The ukulele requires of it’s instrumentalist a certain clarity and, true-to-form, Vedder’s melodies are simple and pure, shunning overdubbed effects on the majority of tracks; his gravelly voice, the innocent uke’s consummate foil.
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Eddie’s voice gets to me, but I love the unique use of the uke in his songs. I was expecting to feel hawaiian, and ended up feeling rocked!
Nice example of hipsters hating on hipsters. But hipolitics aside, Eddie Vedder was phenomenal in concert (but thank god he wasn’t only on uke for 3 hours – he played something of everything). But to be honest, duets with Glen Hansard (and Hansard’s cover of Astral Weeks) was just as awesome.